Céline Condorelli: Corps à Corps

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane | 2017

6 May–15 July 2017

Exhibition Notes:

Céline Condorelli: Corps à Corps was generously supported by the Keir Foundation.

Corps à Corps was curated by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh.

  • Céline Condorelli:‘Corps à Corps’, Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view (l-r): Céline Condorelli, ‘Alocasia Brisbanensis’, 2017; ‘Epilogue’, 2017; ‘Average Spatial Composition 2’, 2015/17.

  • Céline Condorelli with Dirk Yates & Pete Shields, 'Corps à Corps', 2017. Installation view: IMA, Brisbane. Photo: Carl Warner.

This is the first solo exhibition in Australia by London-based artist Céline Condorelli. Her practice draws on her architecture background and extensive research into the history and theory of exhibition design. Condorelli treats the IMA spaces, both indoor and outdoor, as case-studies in what an exhibition can be, creating diverse environments where everything from climate to furniture are integral features. As you make your way through each space, you will feel the wind on your face, be invited to play with past and future playgrounds, and, through a new video installation, be transported into fifteen disparate contexts where Condorelli’s works have served as support structures.

Following the exhibition, a large scale sculpture for the IMA's courtyard was developed by Condorelli with Pete Shields and Dirk Yates also intitled Corps à Corps. The project is a co-commission by the IMA and the 11th Gwangju Biennale, with the support of the Keir Foundation. This immersive work will provide shade and seating for visitors amongst native and naturalised plant species, and propose the garden as exhibition.


Condorelli (CH, IT, UK) is a London-based artist; she is currently Professor at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan, and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; she is the author and editor of Support Structures published by Sternberg Press (2009).

Recent exhibitions include Gwangju Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Sydney Biennial, and Concrete Distractions, Kunsthalle Lissabon (2016), bau bau, HangarBicocca, Milan, IT (2015), Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, UK, Positions, Van Abbemuseum, NL, including the publication The Company She Keeps, with Bookworks (2014). Previous exhibitions include bau bau, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, curating Puppet Show, Eastside Projects, Gävle Konstcentrum, and Grundy Art Gallery (2014), Additionals, Project Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Things That Go Without Saying, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, The Parliament, ‘Archive of Disobedience’, Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2013), Surrounded by the Uninhabitable, SALT Istanbul (2012).